Sometimes, simplest is best! And this restaurant wedding is just that! I love how Heather and Ian planned a wedding that worked for them at a local eatery. Moreover, they planned their wedding in just six weeks! Their wedding cake is absolutely beautiful! Make sure you read Heather's descriptions of her favors… how sweet and thoughtful! xoxo, Jessica
Heather + Ian
March 2, 2016
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada | Villa Risi Italian Restaurant
What was your budget?
Honestly, I didn't have a set budget but wanted to keep things under $5000. I also didn't have a lot of time. We planned the wedding in 6 weeks! Neither of us wanted a large wedding. We both wanted a simple ceremony and dinner with the company of family and friends. We had exactly that! Everyone was relaxed, had a great time and an amazing dinner.
Photographer: $400.00 for 1 hour (she got there early and stayed a bit later. Jennifer was awesome!)
Venue for ceremony and dinner, including wine: $1700.00.
Dinner was salad, vodka penne, pepper stuffed chicken breast with roasted potatoes and fresh steamed veggies. We also had an open bar.
Stationary including postage: $50.00
Flowers: $500.00 (gifted to us by my mother)
Wedding cake: $75.00
Cake topper: $35.00 Unfortunately I've misplaced the shop name
Wedding dress $500.00 including shipping and import fees. I actually ordered 2 dresses online and made my final decision about a week before the wedding
Shoes and purse: $190.00
Total cost approximately $4000.00
How many guests did you have?
We had 26 guests including 9 children under 5 yrs. Our youngest guest kindly arrived a couple of weeks early so he could attend, he was 7 days old!
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
We both have Scottish herritage. My dad was from Scotland and Ian's mothers' family were from Scotland. Our minister, Tracey Cox surprised us with a Scottish blessing during the ceremony. A close friend, Jason, played bagpipes while we signed the registry. Ian's nieces performed for us, Hailey did a couple of highland dances and Abby sang a Scottish song.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
Our wedding cake was from Metro grocery store. I purchased 2 red velvet cakes, my mum and aunt assembled and decorated it with flowers leftover from my bouquet. My inspiration came from a picture I saw on Pintrest.
Our favours included tea mugs with Earl Grey tea bags and raisin scones, homemade by my mother. As a tribute to my dad, each favour also included a couple of Worthers' Originals – he always had a few in his pocket to brighten someone's day!
For the kids, I made gift bags with colouring books, crayons, games, glow sticks, memory card games. The girls got tiaras and the boys got trucks. I know these kids well so just as their attention was fading with one item, we pulled out something else to keep them entertained.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
We got married on a Wednesday afternoon. I didn't have any scheduling conflicts with any of our vendors and didn't have prime time costs associated with weekend weddings.
I also didn't go crazy with decorating. In addition to bouquets and bouttonieres, I purchased 2 floral arrangements for the service and the restaurant supplied linens and candles on the tables.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Enjoy your day! Everything is arranged, there will be bumps along the way but as they say, the little things make the best memories. When Jennifer was taking photos of my witness and myself, Lainey's 3 year old son, Blake, was not leaving his mother's side. Jen was trying to crop him out, I told her to keep him in the picture. It was a real life moment that is one of my favourite pictures.
Don't overwhelm yourself with too many options.
Look at different venues and suppliers. I purchased the flowers from a grocery store floral department and the ready made cake from their bakery (I had already tasted the cake so I knew what I was getting). Our ceremony and dinner were both at the restaurant. We had the restaurant virtually to ourselves. There was only one other couple in the restaurant throughout the evening.
What was your biggest splurge?
My dress. I found 2 and had a hard time choosing. Unfortunately, I was too busy and forgot to return the one I didn't wear. There's always Kijiji!
What was your favorite detail?
My favourite detail was a vintage polaroid camera that I purchased on Ebay. It brought out amazement from the kids and lots of laughter for everyone.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
When it started to snow, we snuck outside for a few pictures. It was just Ian and myself with the photographer. It gave us a few minutes to ourselves away from everyone.
Photography: Jennifer Newberry Photography • Venue + Catering: Villa Risi Italian Restaurant • Flowers: Metro (floral department in a local grocery store) • Bakery: Metro (bakery department in a local grocery store) • Hair Stylist: McKinnon Hair Design • Makeup Artist: Carol Baker Visage • Wedding Gown Designer: Lace Confections by Kiyonna.com • Shoes: Le Chateau
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